A firm offer is on the table for 15th place for the Serie A Udinese team, but Bruce believes his future will be better on Tyneside.
After a week of progress on contracts, Bruce was asked to provide an update on Matty Longstaff and, at his press conference, said: “It’s the same as us.
“Now the ball is certainly in the hands of young Matty.
“I went public with that – I think we made a wonderful offer to him, and for me, that should be his way to go in his career.
“I have said it many times that being a boy from Newcastle and having had the season he had just lived is now the way to go.
“Of course we would all like to stay, but as young as it is, the players now, it is their prerogative if they want to terminate their contract, so there is little we can do as a club. ”
“We did everything we could, the rest is now up to Matty, it’s up to him. “
Bruce was pleased to see Manquillo sign a four-year extension and said, “For Javier, I am delighted.
“It has been great since I walked in the door for the first time.
“He was consistent, he did very, very well.
“He has a huge competition in (DeAndre) Yedlin and Emil (Krafth).
“He seized the opportunity and played very well, so I’m glad he signed his contract. ”
And thinking about Carroll’s one-year extension, Bruce said, “In the locker room, he’s not young Andy Carroll anymore, he’s someone that people admire, especially young people like the Longstaffs . “